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After omission from World Cup squad, Ambati Rayudu retires from cricket

Rayudu played 55 ODIs for India, scoring 1694 runs at an average of 47.05
Ambati Rayudu (in picture) was in the official standby list for the big event in the UK, but was ignored despite injury to all-rounder Vijay Shankar. Opener Mayank Agrawal was brought in on the team management's insistence.
Ambati Rayudu (in picture) was in the official standby list for the big event in the UK, but was ignored despite injury to all-rounder Vijay Shankar. Opener Mayank Agrawal was brought in on the team management's insistence.
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PTI And The Telegraph   |   New Delhi   |   Published 03.07.19, 10:06 AM

Ignored for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Indian middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu has decided to retire from all forms of cricket, a BCCI official said.

The 33-year-old Andhra batsman was in the official standby list for the big event in the UK, but was ignored despite injury to all-rounder Vijay Shankar. Opener Mayank Agrawal was brought in on the team management's insistence.

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The player is yet to make a formal announcement but has communicated his decision to the BCCI. 'He has told the Board,' the official said.

Rayudu played 55 ODIs for India, scoring 1694 runs at an average of 47.05. He earned the reputation of being a temperamental player owing to several confrontations with fellow cricketers and even match officials in the domestic circuit.

The player, who could never break into the Test team, was in the spotlight before the World Cup.

Declared the preferred No.4 batsman by captain Virat Kohli not many months ago, Rayudu was ignored for Shankar in India's final squad for the ICC World Cup.

Chairman of selectors M. S. K. Prasad had justified the move by saying that Shankar had 'three-dimensional skills'.

Rayudu then took a dig at that statement with a cheeky social media post.

Soon after the news of his retirement spread, netizens poured their hearts out on Twitter. 

They were disheartened with his exclusion from the squad and his decision to step down from all forms of cricket. 

Some blamed the politics of the game, some blamed the BCCI and some even took digs at Prasad's justification for dropping him and stated that Rayudu's '3D (sic)' tweet was the reason behind his exclusion from the World Cup squad...

There were people who did not waste any time to point out Rohit Sharma's disappointment when he was dropped from the World Cup squad in January, 2019.

A few members of the Twitterati thought that his decision to give up wasn't right. And that frustration of not getting selected was the reason behind his retirement.

Moreover, last year, Rayudu hit the headlines after being handed a two-match ban for a verbal altercation with on-field umpires during the Syed Mughtaq Ali Trophy. Facts like that could not be overlooked by this particular netizen: 

Most expressed grief, some even expressed anger but the 33-year-old cricketer is yet to announce the reason behind his decision.

India is set to face Sri Lanka in their next ICC Cricket World Cup match on Saturday.



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